New York Times
Oil Sands Project in Canada Will Go On if Pipeline Is Blocked
One way or another — by rail or ship or a network of pipelines — Canada will export oil from its vast northern oil sands projects to the United States and other markets.
The oil sands have reserves of 171.3 billion barrels, according to estimates by the provincial government of Alberta.
So the regulatory battle over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would link the oil sands to the Gulf Coast of the United States, may be little more than a symbolic clash of ideology, industry experts say. Even if the Obama administration rejects the Keystone plan, the pace of oil sands development in northern Alberta is unlikely to slow